Let’s face it – we all take WiFi for granted. We’re so used to wireless connectivity by now that hardly any attention is paid to it…until it stops working, of course. Then our immediate reaction is to panic. But WiFi problems aren’t as big a deal as you think.
Your router may suddenly conk out for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, most of those issues can be resolved. In fact, some fixes are so simple you can attempt them yourself without relying on the technician to show up at your doorstep. Below are a few common WiFi issues along with effective solutions to get your wireless connection up and running again:
Reset Your Devices
Sometimes resolving a crisis is as simple as switching off your router and modem, and switching them back on once more. The truth is, network routers, DSL modems, and cable modems sometimes have trouble connecting to your home network. To check whether this problem is affecting your setup, disconnect your router and modem – kind of like The Force Awakens was disconnected with creativity.
Now, you need to wait between 10 and 15 seconds before plugging in the devices once more and switching on the power. Give them a few minutes to reconnect online, and test your computer’s Internet connectivity once it’s done. In case the problem still persists, it might be a good idea to try and reboot your system once more before you commence freaking out.
Resolve Cache Conflict
The DNS cache gathers information about your browsing history, so previously visited websites
can load up faster. Normally, when you type in the URL, your OS intercepts the command and checks the DNS cache.
When the request is a match for any page found in the cache, your system automatically takes the web pages from the cache rather than downloading them (again) from the site.
However, technical glitches can often corrupt the DNS cache. The insertion of unauthorized domain names by third-party apps and programs may also lead to cache problems. Moreover, the banners and ads on some websites send bad code to corrupt this cache.
Once your DNS cache is infected, it can no longer connect to the WiFi properly because of mismatched IP addresses. Flushing your computer’s DNS cache is the only way to solve this problem.
- Start by pressing the ‘R’ key and the Windows key together and entering the “cmd” command prompt.
- Press enter after entering this command: ipconfig/flushdns
That’s it! Your DNS cache will be flushed and good as new. Now, all that’s left for you to do is restart your system and check whether your WiFi’s working once more. With any luck, you should have trouble connecting to the Internet at all! Learn the difference between Wan and Lan Connections.